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Skate Canada – OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada coaches Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte were honoured once again as recipients of the 2016 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards. The annual awards were presented on Friday, November 4th by the Coaching Association of Canada at the annual Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, which took place in Richmond, B.C.

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards recognize coaches whose Canadian athletes or teams win gold, silver, or bronze medals while competing in an Open World Championship, the Olympic Games, the Special Olympics World Games, or the Paralympic Games.

“We’re extremely proud of Richard and Bruno’s work with Meagan and Eric on the path to their second consecutive world championship title. Richard and Bruno are tremendous leaders and ambassadors representing over 5,500 Skate Canada certified coaches across the country,” said Debra Armstrong, Skate Canada CEO. “Thank you to the Coaching Association of Canada along with Petro-Canada for doing a wonderful job recognizing the important the role of coaches in the development of athletes and sport in Canada. Congratulations again to Richard and Bruno for earning this esteemed award.”

In total, 60 coaches from a variety of sports in Canada were honoured at the banquet in Richmond.



Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for competitive figure skating and is dedicated to creating a nation of skaters, both recreationally and competitively. Over 125 years old, Skate Canada is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skating instruction and education. Over 170,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year, including our flagship CanSkate program that teaches beginners of every age the basic skills of skating and fundamental movements.

As one of Canada’s most successful sport governing bodies, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 35 world championship titles. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medallists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,500 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has National Service Centres in Ottawa and Toronto and high performance facilities in Toronto and Calgary.

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